FEATURED ARTISTS + PROJECTS:
Mary Babcock is a fibers and installation artist based in Hawai’i whose work explores “mending” and its implications for cultural change. Babock is Professor of Art at University of Hawaii, Mānoa. She has exhibited at Biennial X, Honolulu Museum of Art/Spalding House, Threshold: Sustainable Art Project at the Ueno Town Museum, Tokyo, Japan; TAMA ’08 (Tupada Action and Media Art); 5th Tupada International Art Event (Philippines); and the 12th NIPAF (Nippon Performance Art Festival).
Kaili Chun is a Kanaka Maoli artist based in Hawai‘i whose works address ideas of containment and exposure, agency and restraint. Chun’s work has been shown at the Landesmuseum, (Hannover, Germany); University of Alaska Museum; Linden Museum, (Stuttgart, Germany); Museum of Art & Design, (New York, USA); Sacred Circle Gallery, (Washington, USA); The Contemporary Museum, (Honolulu, Hawai‘i); the Wing Luke Museum (Seattle); Galerie Rasch, Kassel, Germany and the Honolulu Museum of Art; and the Honolulu Biennial (2017).
DAKOgamay is an experimental platform established by siblings Martha Atienza and Jake Atienza, who are based in the Philippines. They create work that responds to social, economic and environmental issues on Bantayan Island, PH, and in the Pacific. They have exhibited at APT8, Queensland Art Gallery in Brisbane, Australia (2016), I am where I want to be, the Engine Room at Massey University in Wellington, New Zealand (2016) and SUNSHOWER at the MORI Art Museum in Tokyo, Japan (2017);Honolulu Biennial (2019).
James Jack, is an artist based in Singapore who makes works sensitive to ecological and social networks of the sea. He has made socially engaged work for the Echigo-Tsumari Triennial, Busan Biennale Sea Art Festival, Art x Mix Ichihara, Art Base Momoshima and has a permanent community work at the Setouchi Triennial (2010- ). His works have been exhibited at TMT Art Projects (Fukuoka), TAMA Galley (New York), Satoshi Koyama Gallery (Tokyo) the Institute of Contemporary Art and the Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore. He is an Assistant Professor of Art Practice at Yale-NUS College.
Kathy Jetn̄il-Kijiner is a Marshall Islander poet, performance artist, and climate change activist based in the Republic of the Marshall Islands. Her writings and performances have been featured by the United Nations, CNN, NBC News, National Geography, Democracy Now and more. In 2014, Jetnil-Kijiner was chosen to address the United Nations Climate Summit. In 2015 she was invited to speak at COP21 in Paris, and was selected by Vogue magazine as one of 13 Climate Warriors. Her collection of poetry, titled Iep Jāltok: Poems from a Marshallese Daughter, was published in 2017. Her installations and performances have been featured at the Honolulu Biennial and APT9 (2019). Joy Lehuanani Enomoto is an artist, scholar and activist of Native Hawaiian, African-American, Japanese, Caddo Indian and Punjabi descent based in Hawai‘i. Her art is concerned with decolonizing geography and her scholarship has been published in the Routledge Handbook of Postcolonial Politics and Amerasia Journal.
Charles Lim is a former professional and Olympic sailor, and artist based in Singapore. Lim’s practice stems from an intimate, bodily engagement with the natural world, mediated and informed by field research and experimentation, performance, drawing, photography and video. Since 2005, he has developed a body of work entitled SEA STATE that explores Singapore’s political, biophysical and psychic contours through the visible and invisible lenses of the sea. SEA STATE has been exhibited at Manifesta 7 (2008), and at biennales in Shanghai (2008), Singapore (2011) and Osaka (2013); Venice (2015); Sydney (2016). Various stages of the project have been presented at all of Singapore’s major exhibiting institutions, including the National Museum, National Library, Singapore Art Museum and NUS Museum.
Angela Tiatia is a New Zealand-born artist of Samoan and Australian heritage who explores contemporary culture, drawing attention the intersection of representation, gender, and neo-colonialism. Tiatia's work has been included After the Fall, National Museum of Singapore (2017/2018); Personal Structures, 57th Venice Biennial (2017); APT 8, Queensland Art Gallery in Brisbane, Australia (2016); and Tūrangawaewae: Art and New Zealand, Toi Art, Gallery of the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington, New Zealand (2018).
The HighWaterLine walk, is a community art project initiated by artist Eve Mosher that has been carried out in previous iterations in New York City (in 2007), Miami, Bristol, UK, and Delray Beach. Using a chalk liner, participants walk the future shoreline forecast due to sea level rise. Mosher has invited coastal communities to create their own HighWaterLine walks. Christina Gerhardt, who initiated the project in Honolulu, and Adele Balderston, have organized talk story events and walks for the Kaka‘ako neighborhood. The walk will offer opportunity to experience the historical flow of water in the Kaka‘ako area, once a wetlands area with many fresh water springs, and to talk about watershed management and future development.
Selections from the Atlas of (Remote) Islands and Sea Level Rise by Christina Gerhardt, (University of California, 2021) explain how sea-level rise and changing weather systems will impact low-lying islands differently and how indigenous and local communities are responding in turn.